Iraq: TV station burned down by attackers

The first independent TV station in Northern Iraq, Naliya Radio and Television (NRT), was forced off air after up to 50 masked gunmen stormed its headquarters, destroying all broadcasting equipment and setting the building on fire. The TV station, which had only started broadcasting on 17 February, had already received numerous threatening messages over its coverage of protests in the city of Sulaymaniyah in which three demonstrators were killed and another 100 wounded. NRT TV had broadcast footage of police firing on the demonstrators.